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May 03, 2015

Police from Coast to Coast React with Alarm at Murder Charges Filed Against Baltimore Officers

Police from Coast to Coast React with Alarm at Murder Charges Filed Against Baltimore Officers

Police officers across the country are shocked by Friday’s news that six Baltimore cops were charged with the murder of Freddie Gray. Many worry that they will be prevented from doing their job going forward.

On Friday, after Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged the six officers with numerous charges including murder, it sent a chilling message to police everywhere.

NPR had reaction from several police officers and police officials, but suffice it to say they are worried for their safety on the job as well as fearful of prosecution.

“The specter of criminal charges being filed against police officers I believe is going to send reverberations across the nation,” the operator of the police academy in Washington state, Sue Rahr, told NPR on Friday.

The president of Houston’s Police Union, Ray Hunt, noted that he feels that police now have fewer rights than the potential criminals they deal with. “There is a mood among some in this country that the police are going to be wrong unless proven right,” Hunt said.

Police feel their hands are being tied by politicians and the courts on a range of issues. Earlier this year, for instance, police in San Diego complained that they were not being allowed to “combat crime” in their city over the issue of what is to be done about homelessness.

As to the specific charges in Baltimore, the Fraternal Order of Police called the accusation that police murdered Freddie Gray a “rush to judgment.”

“I believe that the publicity in this case is a driving force to a rush to judgment and causing this prosecution to move so quickly,” union rep Michael Davey said on Friday.

“In my 20-year career as a law enforcement officer and 16 years as an attorney, I have never seen such a rush to file criminal charges, which I believe are driven by forces separate and apart from the application of law and the facts of this case as we’ve heard them,” Davey told the media.

There is no doubt that more and more police officers feel as if their hands have been tied and that they are being prevented from doing their job.

Wild Thing's comment.........

Yes there are some bad cops but in general most are good and deserve our respect. I have no complaint about the police and this whole thing make me feel so badly for them.

Posted by Wild Thing at May 3, 2015 12:50 AM


Those cops are going to be sacrificial lambs who are going to get railroaded.

Posted by: BobF at May 3, 2015 07:41 AM

Politics. Racism. Political correctness. Dishonesty. Ms Mosby is anything but fair or patient.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at May 3, 2015 11:48 AM